what is OPW?
The Outreach Program for Women (OPW) helps
women (cis and trans) and genderqueer get
involved in free and open source software.
We provide a supportive community for
beginning to contribute any time throughout the
year and offer focused internship opportunities
twice a year with a number of free software
The one thing I think most librarians can
agree on (which is why we’re a good bunch
to reach out to!): Information should be free,
it should be open, and it should be limitless.
what did I want to do for this
• Create and run a focus group for
• Fix the CBT wiki and make it pretty
• Explore badging as an option for
• Crowdsource badges metadata
• Badge information professionals
what did I do?
• Updated the CBT wiki and made it pretty
– Joined a wiki wiki working group
• Ran a focus group
– More on that later
• Wrote the CBT Pathways Roadmap for this year
• Drove the CBT reading group
• Co-blogged with Ake, Mozillarian (my blog:
• Webmaker makes
• Localized new Get Involved survey
• Sorted through tons of data and emails
• and LOTS more…
• 12 people answered poll for meeting time
• Session 1: 7 participants
• Session 2: 3 participants
• Session 3: 2 participants
• Number of return participants: 2
• Number of participants who participated in
all three sessions: 0
• Information professionals are good at:
– Community building!
– Encouraging critical literacies!
– Working within their means (using only
sources that are free and available or working
within a particular budget. Figure out a way to
make it work!)
– Search, (Ontologies, Vocabularies, Thesaurus
– Creating online search strategies!
– Maintaining and developing free public spaces,
online and offline!
– Creating intranets and organizing internal
– Building Social Networks!
– Honest and Open communication!
– Simplying the complicated!
• Lessons learned:
– We love IRL interaction
– We have to get out of the vendor training
– Collaboration with existing structures
– Techy librarians as “defacto experts”
– Recognition is key
– Time (is not) on our side
– Demystifying contribution
– Partnerships, partnerships!
“When you assume, you make an ass out of u and
-Felix Unger, the Odd Couple
• Data and surveys:
– Stewards survey
– Get Involved Survey
• Creative ways to get feedback!
– After event polling
– Silent etherpadding
– One-on-one interviews
• Mozillarians, all of us!
so now what?
• Partnering with libraries and schools…
– Badges for information professionals
– Software Carpentry
– Infiltrating MLS’s
– Maker parties
– Library Camps!
no need to reinvent… remix!
"I thought being a librarian was going to be
about reading stories, reader’s advisory, and
helping people. Instead it’s hearing depressing
stories from patrons, dealing with government
bureaucracy, and a pointless MLIS degree. I’m
still in school and I already want to give up but
I’ve spent too much money to just back out now
… I feel trapped.”
-Librarian Shaming tumblr
Mozilla and open source can help reverse
the professional/paraprofessional divide.
learning from experience…
• We can use this as a test group
• Collecting qualitative research from affinity
groups is not easy
• Organic data collection
– Long term storage
• Creating affinity groups within the larger
• Nurturing new volunteers and providing
together we can reach our
organizational goal of 10x